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Ukpaka, Chukwujekwu Gratius [1].

Effects of season’s management practices and topography on floral Development in a typical tropical watershed.

Most countries in tropical Africa have lost their forest and associated resources to extinction, due mainly to anthropogenic factors and climate change. The increasing importance of watersheds as a major last ditch forest restoration option for tropical Africa cannot be over emphasized. It has been a long held belief that plants do better in the rainy than in the dry season; in the presence of sound management practices than in its absence, and on flat than on sloppy ground. This long –held belief was subjected to statistical analysis (ANOVA) to ascertain whether there was statistical (significance) evidence to support it. Plot less and plot count techniques were employed to ascertain importance values that were then used for comparative analysis (statistical and otherwise). Prior to statistical analysis, rainy values of (787) were greater than dry season values (718), values from managed site (1379) were greater than those from unmanaged sites (1219), but that of topography was very variable. At the end of the study period (2009-2010), it was discovered from the factorial experiment that the factors; seasons, management practice and topography, had no significant effect on the floral development, because the p-value was greater than 0.05.

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1 - Anambra State University, Biological Sciences, Anambra State Unversity, Uli. Nigeria

tropical watershed.

Presentation Type: Discussion Session
Session: D3
Location: Hall B/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM
Number: D3001
Abstract ID:51
Candidate for Awards:None

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